Recipe;: Making Snow Cream instead of Ice Cream (using free snow to make ice cream)

REPOST FROM JANUARY 2015:

Living in a climate where it snows around 6 months out of the year, we either need to eat it or shovel it.

Eating it is always the preferred way of using snow. This recipe for a homemade soft serve ice cream is easy and fun.

It doesn't store well so plan on making enough to eat immediately. My family doesn't seem to mind that they have to eat any leftovers. Enjoy!

One quick and easy dessert that is a fan favorite is making a soft-serve ice cream out of snow and simple ingredients found in the fridge and pantry.
Recipe: 
(These measurements aren't exact because it really depends on the consistency of the snow.)

1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup confectionary sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups of fresh snow

• Gather the fresh snow and store it in a mixing bowl.
• In a separate cup mix together the cream sugar and vanilla until smooth.

• Pour the cream mixture over the fresh snow and stir together until smooth.

Substitutions:
• Equal parts of milk for the cream for a lower calorie dessert treat. Beware: Since the fat content will be lower, the dessert won't be as creamy.
• Mix in chocolate, fresh fruit or other flavoring.

Using snow instead of rock salt and an ice cream maker is a simple, quick way to make ice cream. The consistency is more like soft-serve.

Putting any leftovers in the freezer will not make it taste like hard ice cream. My daughter still attempts it. The snow crystalizes and makes for a very crunchy texture.

Enjoy!

  © Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy Adirondack family hikes, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebook online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.

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